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Poster: willowgordon Date: Nov 13, 2006 7:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

Greetings, I'm looking for essential electric versions of the all-too-rare "To Lay Me Down." Been singin' it lately (which is a very humbling experience) and would appreciate some of your recommendations. Thanks!

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 14, 2006 2:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

Hellow "willowgordon:" ..sometimes the band played versions of songs that were purely magical. This one was Divine: 1983-10-17 (Lake Placid) - the tone of Jerry's guitar from the opening note to the culmination of the harmony of the final chorus.
As a historical footnote: Hunter wrote "Brokedown Palace," "To Lay Me Down," and "Ripple" in one afternoon -"The songs flowed like molten gold onto the page and stand as written." (Robert Hunter, liner notes for Garcia's box set "All Good Things," @2003)

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Nov 13, 2006 11:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

Tigerbolt nailed it. 8/3/82 - goosebump city.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 13, 2006 9:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

My personal fav has allways been 7-31-74 Hartford, CT.

I love allmost every version of this song, just love the mood so much I don't even mind there's the same lyric pretty much the whole song : )

This version has just this one really sweetpart at the end of Jerry's solo that just melts. Nails it for me.

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Poster: Chris U. Date: Nov 13, 2006 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?


This is easy: the definitive version, bar none, is the 9/18/74 Parc de Expositions version (arguably there are several other definitive versions of songs in that remarkable show -- one of the ten best performances in the band's canon, IMHO).

Just listen to Phil, Keith, Bobby, and Bill caress Jerry's tender vocals. There is beautiful riff or accent or rimshot on every freaking verse!

And dear lord the guitar solo ... Phil and Jerry with their dreams waking in intertwined glory. Sweet lies, indeed.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 13, 2006 8:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

it's been a while but I think there is a pretty good one from the Rosemont Horizon in 89. Remember Jer's voice is , well...Jer's at this point but I recall it having a powerhouse ending

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Nov 13, 2006 7:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

here's a few 08-03-82,06-23-74.10-17-83,10-19-74 and for a late period version 06-28-92.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 14, 2006 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

Oprahs pick #9

10/4/80 Warfield had an amazing acoustic To Lay Me Down!

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Poster: willowgordon Date: Nov 14, 2006 4:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

Thanks for the recommendations and your thoughts everyone. The only TLMDs I've heard are the acoustic ones from the '80 Warfield/Radio City runs. If pressed I might say that the version on Reckoning is my favorite Garcia vocal performance; it's surely an example of the man at his most tender and soulful. Can't wait to hear the ones you've all recommended...

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Nov 21, 2006 8:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

hey willow how did the search turn out for to lay me down,oneof my favorites.

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Poster: willowgordon Date: Nov 22, 2006 9:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

It's gone grate...thanks tiger...you know your shit. Like I said, I've been singin' it lately and the more versions I hear, the harder it gets...not an easy song to sing. One of my favorites as well; it's one of those rare actual love songs, you know? AshesRising pointed out that Hunter wrote it on the same day as "Ripple" and "Brokedown"...imagine that...

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Nov 22, 2006 9:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To Lay Me Down recommendations?

yeah,hunter had some inspiration that day,i forget what book but hunter gave jerry the lyrics,jerry looked them over,stuffed it in his pocket and came up with the music the very next day.